State Rep. Julie Calley today announced the state is moving forward with a plan to invest $688,000 in a project that will turn the former Maplewood Elementary School building in Nashville into 20 affordable housing units.
Through the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, developers that receive awards can claim credits against their tax liability annually for up to 10 years – an important initiative that helps incentivize investments in affordable housing in local communities across the state. The Village Flats in Nashville, a project taken on by Dogwood Community Development, has been awarded $688,000 in credit. This award will leverage approximately $6.05 million of private money and is expected to generate 16 local jobs.
“Affordable and attainable housing is key to attracting families to our area and maintaining healthy, vibrant communities,” Calley said. “I look forward to seeing this project develop and make good use out of a vacant school building.”
The Village Flats project will consist of the adaptive reuse of the former Maplewood Elementary School to create 20 affordable housing units reserved for households earning at or below 80% of the area median income. The rent on three units will be subsidized by project-based vouchers from the Barry Community Foundation.
Calley, of Portland, said the Open Meetings Act is frequently referenced by public bodies, the people who serve on them, and the public – yet it currently includes confusing language and complicated legal terminology that can inspire more questions instead of providing clear-cut answers. The solution Calley is offering rewrites the Open Meetings Act using plain language.
State Rep. Julie Calley, center, recently welcomed a Hastings family to the state Capitol, where they shadowed her as “Representatives for a Day.” Dr. Paul DeWitt and his wife Jennie won the opportunity through the 2020 fundraiser auction benefitting Green Gables Haven, a nonprofit organization in Hastings that serves people impacted by domestic violence. They were accompanied by their grandchildren, Christian and Lily Haire.
State Rep. Julie Calley today voted to eliminate a mandate recently put in place by the unelected Natural Resources Commission (NRC) that, if allowed to stand, could result in criminal penalties for deer hunters who fail to comply.